Reports surfaced right after the Browns fired Rob Chudzinski that the team would dip down into the college football ranks to take a look at James Franklin of the Vanderbilt Commodores and Gus Malzhan of the Auburn Tigers. Franklin was just hired this weekend by Penn State, and Malzhan has stated he’s staying at Auburn.
But that doesn’t mean the Browns won’t still consider him for their head-coaching vacancy, and may even look to pair him with Texas A&M Aggies QB Johnny Manziel, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports:
Team officials realizes it may be a longshot to land Gus Malzahn, who nearly won a national title at Auburn and is very happy there, but his offensive innovation and the style of offense he runs is very much in line with what the team would like to put in place (the Browns are also very high on quarterback Johnny Manziel, sources said, who would be a perfect fit in a Malzahn offense).
The Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are all praying that doesn’t happen.